Tag Archives: airships

Airships in popular culture.

15 Jul

The prevalence of airships in popular culture leads me to believe that the somehow, it occupies an important space in our collective psyche.

That, or it’s a convenient writer’s tool.

An incomplete list of airships in cartoons, novels, video games and more, in no particular order.

Final Fantasy airship designed by Amano Yoshitaka

Final Fantasy airship designed by Amano Yoshitaka

Each Final Fantasy series features an airship, granting the freedom to explore the entire planet, and also signifying a certain level of achievement, or advancement in the storyline.

 Come dream with me tonight (Dream with me tonight) Lets build a giant airship, And sail into the sky

Come dream with me tonight (Dream with me tonight) Let's build a giant airship, And sail into the sky

Teddy Ruxpin

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

Nick Fury’s Helicarrier

Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson

The anime Last Exile

Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa

Indian Jones’, the Last Crusade

Archie, from The Watchmen

Pixar’s Up.  Mr. Frederickson turns his house into a wind driven airship, and his childhood hero Charles Muntz also owns a Zeppelin.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

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Airships = Happiness

6 Apr

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I’m finding airships everywhere these days.  For example, on the website for The Happiness Project, a concept album by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think, using voices to make music.  Beautiful.  Listen.

Airships – Past, Present, Future.

3 Apr

http://www.piasecki.com/pa-97.htm

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Spying for good in Zimbabwe, Burma

31 Mar
From irevolution.wordpress.com
From irevolution.wordpress.com

http://irevolution.wordpress.com/tag/burma/

This article outlines the use of satellites to monitor human rights abuses.

Cross this with the American spy airship, and you would get more coverage, cheaper.  It still doesn’t solve the problem of using surveillance photos. Interpretation.  Since photos of actual human rights abuse are rare, we can only interpret the traces left behind, burnt villages, destroyed buildings, patch of fresh earth denoting mass graves etc.  Such photos can be contested in court, and they’re not the most compelling to the layperson.  Even a hovering, unblinking eye in the sky such as a surveillance airship would only achieve what CCTV has achieved in Britain with crime.  It merely moved it down the street. The logical fix for that would be to survey the entire world at all times, since atrocities tend to occur where there is no accountability.  Seems to be much harder to murder your neighbours if someone is watching.